Medical schools are seeking well-rounded students who have demonstrated leadership skills, volunteer experience, knowledge of medicine, a strong academic record with a baccalaureate degree, and a strong score on the MCAT exam. Since medical schools do not require any specific major, pre-med students may choose any course of study they desire. In addition to your academic advisor in the major of your choice, Eastern Illinois University provides access to a Pre-Health Professions Advisor.
By listing pre-medicine as a "second major", you will then be assigned a second advisor, to aid you through the process to prepare for medical school.
Additional information about the medical school application process may be found at the Association of American Medical Colleges aamc.org website.
Students must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at least a year in advance of the date they wish to enter medical school. This is an online exam administered at multiple sites, and you will need to pre-register for it. You should begin preparing for the exam as a freshman. If you hope to go directly to medical school after a four-year undergraduate degree, you should take it during the spring semester (April) of your junior year, or immediately thereafter. Taking the test later than this will delay your application process. Application is done through a centralized service. Be aware of application dates and apply on time.
In general, applications should be submitted during the summer between your junior and senior years. Do not take the MCAT until you have taken the prerequisite courses, and had practice with the exam, even if this means delaying application for a year. Candidates for admission to a medical school must score well on the MCAT and have a grade point average of around 3.5 or better on a four-point scale to merit serious consideration. Grades in science courses are expected to be especially good. EIU students meeting these standards have been very successful.